It can be quite challenging being a bloke in modern day society. There’s a lot to navigate, you are expected to be a provider, shoulder to cry on and the king of diy around the house.
We assume men are ok. Problem is a lot of the time they simply aren’t. Man tend to have a certain attitude when it comes the their health and this could, in part, be down to how men are hard wired right from the start to shut up and get on with things.
So what does this type of attitude mean for the future? Well it means that men are ultimately less likely to speak up when they need a helping hand and even less likely to book a doctor’s appointment to discuss any health issues they may be struggling with.
One way for this trend to begin to change is by attempting to change attitudes surrounding masculinity or even toxic masculinity. Words hold power and it is vital we think before we speak, especially when it comes to mens health.
So what type of issues affect men?
This is huge, prostate cancer is responsible for killing more men than breast cancer does women. It is thought that part of this could be down to embarrassment. Guys we can’t stress this enough! Do not die of embarrassment. Your doctor or GP, health professional will have checked hundreds if not thousands of prostate in their time.
We have touched upon prostate cancer on this blog before as it is very close to our hearts. We raised well over 5000 pounds for prostate cancer charity march for men in 2018 and have more events planned to raise both well needed finances but more importantly – awareness.
What is the prostate? The prostate gland is a walnut shaped gland inside the anus that is responsible for nourishing and protecting the sperm.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
1. Frequent urination
2. Weak or interrupted urine flow or the need to strain to empty the bladder
3. The urge to urinate frequently at night
4. Blood in the urine
5. Blood in the seminal fluid
6. New onset of erectile dysfunction
7. Pain or burning during urination, which is much less common
8. Discomfort or pain when sitting, caused by an enlarged prostate
It is very important to discuss any worries you may have surrounding prostate cancer. Just because you may exhibit one or more of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer, but don’t ignore it hoping that it will go away, book an a poo to see your doctor as soon as possible to rule out any possibility.
Mental health and suicide
Probably the most difficult one for men to address is their mental health, as it isn’t necessarily a physical condition although having poor mental health can lead on to numerous physical complaints over time. The reason it can be so difficult is men believe they are supposed to be strong, get on with it no matter what life throws at them. But this notion of keeping it all bottles up inside is extremely dangerous and unhealthy, even for the strongest of guys.
Reach out, realise that you have value and people care about you dearly, no matter what the little voice in you head is telling you. Mental health issues can be caused by a number of things but more often than not it is a chemical imbalance that can be addressed through medication or talking therapies.
Being penile health specialists we are well aware of the challenges men face when it comes to sexual dysfunction. When it comes to e.d you will need to try and find out what may be causing it, is it a physical or mental problem? Maybe you are under stress?
Don’t feel ashamed. These things happen, by addressing the issue you can work towards a natural solution and get things back on track.
Jelqing is a fantastic way to keep the penis in shape and penis pumps can help you to gain and maintain an erection. They may also add a few inches when used as a therapy technique. Consider it a little work out for your penis!
It can be difficult being a man in modern society, remember your worth. Look after both your physical and mental health the best way you can and seek assistance and guidance should you need it, nobody should suffer in silence.